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Latrine add-on for people with mobility restrictions

A simple and sturdy solution that can be easily mounted on the latrine slabs currently used in emergency settings.

The solution responds to UNICEF's strategic priorities that addresses the needs of children and adults with disabilities within the sanitation area in refugee camps and settlements.

Current latrines used in refugee camps and rural settlements do not include components for enabling access by elderly or people with mobility restrictions, including children. A renewed focus on equity in UNICEF's strategic priorities has addressed the needs of children and adults with disabilities within the sanitation area in refugee camps and settlements. ICONO responded to UNICEF's Target Product Profile by developing a latrine add-on that improves sanitation facilities for people with mobility restrictions in refugee camps and settlements.

TEAM
Peter Bysted and Philip Egebak
Kristine Sorgenfri Hansen, University of Copenhagen (hygiene and cultural aspects)

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The ICONO-latrine add-on solution consists of 3 elements that improves accessibility and hygiene:

1. A lightweight, interlaced stainless steel tube frame to be mounted on the existing latrine slab to function as a rigid support for the bowl. The frame has a minimal footprint on the slab ensuring best possible cleaning of slab and frame.

2. A combined seat and bowl that is easily clicked on the stainless steel frame. A slick surface ensures best possible cleaning - also with reduced use of water.

3. A silicone seal attached to the bowl to ensure a significant reduction of smell and invasion of insects from the pit.

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As a unique initiative, UNICEF inspired an innovative collaborative design process with ICONO to take part in an end user field trial in Angola.
Field-testing was a unique opportunity to receive user feedback and re-design the product accordingly. UNICEF installed a number of prototypes in a refugee camp in the Northern part of Angola and developed a structured evaluation test with research protocols.
ICONO was invited to participate in collecting data on-site and speak with the users directly.
The test provided feedback from the people who assembled the latrine add-on, the users (persons with disabilities and the elderly) and from those who maintain and clean the toilets.
On-site testing provided ICONO with valuable feedback that was used to improve the final product based on user acceptability and market feasibility.

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Field test improved the solution

As a unique initiative, UNICEF inspired an innovative collaborative design process with ICONO to take part in an end user field trial in Angola.

Field-testing was a unique opportunity to receive user feedback and re-design the product accordingly. UNICEF installed a number of prototypes in a refugee camp in the Northern part of Angola and developed a structured evaluation test with research protocols.

ICONO was invited to participate in collecting data on-site and speak with the users directly. The test provided feedback from the people who assembled the latrine add-on, the users (persons with disabilities and the elderly) and from those who maintain and clean the toilets. On-site testing provided ICONO with valuable feedback that was used to improve the final product based on user acceptability and market feasibility.

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